Criminals wear Yankees caps

Posted by Matt Pepin, Boston.com Staff  September 16, 2010 08:54 AM

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200yankeescap.jpgThere is indisputable evidence that a certain collection of ballplayers from the Bronx is guilty of, at the very least, stealing second and third base and fraudulent acquisition of first base.

Now comes the news that criminals in New York have something in common with their baseball team: they wear Yankees caps.

The New York Times reports on the alarming trend of criminals in the city who break the law while wearing Yankees caps or attire. The Times reviewed police records, surveillance videos and other images, police sketches and news reports to report the story.

Here's an excerpt:

But Yankees caps and clothing have dominated the crime blotter for so long, in so many parts of the city and in so many types of offenses, that it defies an easy explanation. Criminologists, sports marketing analysts, consumer psychologists and Yankees fans have developed their own theories, with some attributing the trend to the popularity of the caps among gangsta rappers and others wondering whether criminals are identifying with the teamís aura of money, power and success.

All of it leads to the natural speculation about whether New York criminals also wear Mets gear? Not so much, the Times says.

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